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Privacy Policy

Information on the collection of personal data and provider identification

Welcome to the websites of RITTERSHAUS Rechtsanwälte PartmbB (hereinafter "RITTERSHAUS", "we", "us"). The protection of personal data is particularly important to us as lawyers.

General information

We therefore operate our website www.rittershaus.net (hereinafter "website") in particular in accordance with the applicable legal provisions for the protection of personal data, in particular the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), the German Federal Telemedia Act (Telemediengesetz, “TMG”) and the German Federal Data Protection Act (Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, “BDSG”).

Service provider according to § 13 TMG and controller according to Art. 4 No. 7 GDPR is RITTERSHAUS; further information about RITTERSHAUS can be found on the website in our Legal Notices.

We have designated a data protection officer, whose contact information is as follows:

RITTERSHAUS Rechtsanwälte PartmbB
Data Protection Officer Harrlachweg 4
68163 Mannheim Germany

Below, you will find information about the collection, processing and use of personal data when using our website.

Before details on the processing of personal data on our website follow, please note the following:

  • When you access third party pages linked from our website (e.g. provider pages to which we link for your information on their data protection practices), personal data may also be collected by the provider of the respective page and other third parties - as is generally the case when surfing the internet. RITTERSHAUS has no influence on this.
  • The constant technological development, changes in our services or the legal situation as well as other reasons may require adjustments to our data protection information. We therefore reserve the right to change this privacy policy at any time and therefore ask you to inform yourself regularly about the current status. 
What is personal data?

According to Art. 4 Para. 1 GDPR, personal data are all data that relate to you personally as a natural person or which are attributable to you, e.g. name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, your IP address and information about your user behavior on our website.

What happens to your personal data when using our website?

You can use our website for information purposes only or decide to take advantage of further offers/functionalities. Depending on the manner of use, the following personal data will be collected, processed and/or used.

Use for information purposes only

In case the website is used for information purposes only, i.e. if you do not provide us with any information or use one of the functions described below, we collect the data that your browser transmits to enable you to visit the website for statistical purposes and to improve our website. These are: 

  • IP address
  • date and time of the request
  • content of the request (specific page)
  • access status/HTTP status code
  • amount of data transferred in each case
  • website you were referred (so-called "referrer URL")
  • browser
  • language and version of the browser software
  • operating system of the accessing computer

We collect and use this data exclusively in non-personal form; IP addresses are being anonymized. The processing of the above data takes place so that the use of the internet pages you visit is at all possible, for statistical purposes and to improve our website. We store the shortened IP address for the purpose of tracking any attacks etc. on our website. The processing is based on our legitimate interest in the secure operation of the website on the basis of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f) GDPR. A personal evaluation or any conclusion about you as a user does not take place.

Use of extended offers/functions of our websites:

In addition to the purely informational use of our websites, we offer various functionalities that you can use if you are interested, currently the possibility of contacting us, in particular via e-mail addresses, and map views via the Google Maps service.

Our website does not provide the possibility to contact us by means of an integrated contact form. However, you can contact us via the other contact options provided (e.g. by telephone, fax, e-mail). Please note that with regard to electronic communication by e-mail, unencrypted e-mails do not constitute secure communication and may be read by third parties. In the case of unencrypted contact by e-mail, we assume that you also agree to a corresponding unencrypted answer by us by e-mail; otherwise, please let us know in your communication how we can contact you. When you contact us, the data you provide will be processed electronically in order to process your request.

On what legal basis do we process your personal data?

General information

Unless explicitly stated above in relation to the relevant functionality, we process your personal data that reaches us via the website on the basis of legitimate interest within the meaning of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. f GDPR. Where you have explicitly given your consent, processing is based on this consent and Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. a GDPR. If your establishment of contact aims at the conclusion of a contract with us, then additional legal basis for the processing is Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. b GDPR.

Insofar as your personal data is collected otherwise, we will inform you according to the requirements of Art. 13 GDPR about the purpose, the legal basis, the storage period in relation to the respective data collection.

Use of processors/transfer of personal data to third countries/Transfer of data to third parties

Use of processors, transfer of personal data to third countries

Our contractors providing IT services for us can gain access to your personal data on the occasion of and for the exclusive purpose of providing such IT services to us (Art. 28 GDPR). We carefully select the companies acting on our behalf and oblige them to comply with data protection laws in the event that your personal data is handled in accordance with this data protection declaration and the applicable laws. Your data will not be processed outside the European Union.

Transfer of data to third parties

The transfer of personal data to state institutions and authorities takes place in accordance with legal regulations, for example if legal or criminal prosecution is necessary in the case of attacks on our IT and network infrastructure or on the implemented technical-organizational data security concept. Insofar as your personal data is to be transferred to third parties in other cases, we will inform you and thus give you the opportunity to give us your consent.

Duration of processing/deletion of your personal data

General information

Unless explicitly stated in this Privacy Policy, your personal data will be deleted or blocked as soon as the purpose of storage ceases to apply, unless the European or national legislator has provided for storage/processing beyond this date by EU legislation, national laws or other provisions to which we are subject. In these cases, the data will be deleted when a storage period prescribed by the aforementioned standards expires, unless there is a need for further storage of the data for the conclusion or fulfilment of a contract, in which case we block the data.

Google Maps/Social Media

Use of cookies

When using our website, cookies are stored on your computer. When you visit our website you will be informed about the use of cookies via a banner; in this context reference is made to this Privacy Notice.

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your hard disk in the browser you use and through which certain information flows to us. Cookies cannot run programs or transmit viruses to your computer. In particular, they serve to make the websites as a whole more user-friendly and effective.

There are different types of cookies used on our website:

a) transient cookies (also called "session cookies")
The so-called transient cookies are temporary cookies automatically deleted when you close your browser. This includes in particular the session cookies. These store a so-called “session-ID”, by which different requests of your browser can be assigned to the common session. This allows your computer to be recognized, for example, when you return to the web pages. Session cookies are deleted when you log out or close your browser.

b) persistent cookies: timewise limited use
Persistent cookies are automatically deleted after a specified period, which differs depending on the cookie. However, you can delete the cookies in the security settings of your browser at any time. As a result of the deletion, certain functionalities of the website may no longer be available.

You can configure your browser settings according to your wishes and, for example, refuse the acceptance of cookies in whole or in part. However, we would like to point out that you may not be able to use all the functions of these websites. Further information on cookies in general and on settings in various browsers can be found on the website of the project "allaboutcookies.org” at (http://www.allaboutcookies.org/).

The legal basis for our use of cookies is Art. 6 lit. f) GDPR regarding all technically required cookies currently used on our website.

Use of Analytics Tool etracker

The provider of this website uses services of etracker GmbH from Hamburg, Germany (www.etracker.com) to analyze usage data. Cookies are used which enable statistical analysis of the use of this website by its visitors and the display of usage-related content or advertising. Cookies are small text files that are stored by the Internet browser on the user's terminal device. etracker cookies do not contain any information that enables a user to be identified.

The data generated with etracker is processed and stored by etracker exclusively in Germany on behalf of the provider of this website and is thus subject to the strict German and European data protection laws and standards. etracker has been independently tested, certified and awarded the data protection seal of approval ePrivacyseal.

Data processing is carried out on the legal basis of Art. 6 Para. 1 lit f (legitimate interest) of the EU Basic Regulation on Data Protection (EU DSGVO). We are justifiably interested in optimizing our online offer and our website. Since the privacy of our visitors is particularly important to us, etracker anonymizes the IP address as early as possible and converts login or device IDs at etracker into a unique key that is not assigned to a person. etracker does not use it for any other purpose, combine it with other data or pass it on to third parties.

You can object to the aforementioned data processing at any time, as far as it is personal. Your objection has no adverse consequences for you.

Privacy Policy
Further information on data protection at etracker can be found here: www.etracker.com.

Use of Google Maps

Our website includes links to Google Maps to visually display geographical information about our offices. When using the links, you will be redirected to the pages of Google Maps, on which - as on many external pages - Google also processes data about the visitors of the respective websites. Further information on data processing by Google can be found in Google's data protection declaration at https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/index.html. You can configure your personal privacy settings in Google's Privacy Center. Further information is also available here: https://www.dataliberation.org.

Third party information: Google Dublin, Google Ireland Ltd., Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland, Fax: +353 (1) 436 1001. Additional terms of use for Google Maps: https://www.google.com/intl/en_US/help/terms_maps.html.

Use of social media

Links to Facebook are integrated on our website in the form of "Buttons". By clicking on one of the buttons, you will be initially be directed to a login page of the social network, if you are not logged in there at the time of the mouse click, or to our company page in the social network. 

If you are already logged in to the social network when you click on a button, the social network can already collect further data about you with this mouse click and can in particular identify the website you are coming from. 

If you do not want a social network to collect data about you as described above, you must in any case log out of the respective social network before clicking on one of our social network buttons; however, depending on the social network, the simple use of "recommend-functions" may be restricted or even excluded.

For further details on data protection on the social network linked on our pages, we recommend that you regularly consult the current data protection declarations of the operator:

- Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland. Their Privacy Policy can be found at https://de-de.facebook.com/about/privacy/explanation

Your rights regarding your personal data

General information

You have the right to request information from us at any time (Art. 15 GDPR) on the data concerning you stored with us, including recipients, categories of recipients to which this data is transferred, and the purpose of processing. In addition, you have the right to have your data corrected in accordance with Art. 16 GDPR (right to rectification); as soon as we become aware of the inaccuracy of personal data, we will correct it. Furthermore, you have the right to erasure of your data in accordance with Art. 17 GDPR, the right to restrict processing in accordance with Art. 18 GDPR, as well as the right to data portability in accordance with Art. 20 GDPR. The restrictions according to §§ 34 and 35 BDSG apply to the right to information and the right to rectification.

You can revoke any consent given concerning the processing of personal data at any time.

All information requests, inquiries or objections to the processing of data can be sent by e-mail to datenschutz(at)rittershaus.net or contact us via one of the communication channels mentioned in the  Legal Notices.

Furthermore, without prejudice to other administrative and judicial remedies, there is a right of appeal to a data protection supervisory authority. The responsible supervisory authority for RITTERSHAUS is the State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information of the State of Baden-Württemberg. For more information, please visit https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.datenschutz.de/.

Notices on Data Processing in the attorney-client relationship

Our data protection notices, which apply to data processing by RITTERSHAUS in a client relationship, are available to you as a PDF file under the following link: Notices on Data Processing in the attorney-client relationship (PDF)


Dear Applicant,
You are interested in a position at RITTERSHAUS Rechtsanwälte PartmbB (hereinafter also referred to as the “Law Firm”). If you were to decide to send us your application documents or have already done so, we are using this opportunity to inform you about the kind of data collection undertaken by us (see article 13 of the GDPR) and make you aware of your rights under data protection laws.

Name and contact data of the data controller

Rittershaus Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB,
Offices in:
Harrlachweg 4, 68143 Mannheim
Bockenheimer Landstrasse 77, 60325 Frankfurt/Main
Barer Straße 7, 80333 Munich
Headquarters: Mannheim
Telephone: ++49 (0)621 4256 0
Fax: ++49 (0)621 4256 250

Contact data of our in-house data protection officer

We have appointed a data protection officer who can be reached at the following address:

RITTERSHAUS Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB
Data protection officer
Harrlachweg 4
68163 Mannheim

Purpose and legal basis of data processing

Your data, i.e. the data that you provide us with in your application, is collected so that we can establish whether you are suited for the position that you are applying for. Before starting the actual recruitment process we use your data to decide whether to invite you for a job interview. During that stage we process all the data that you have provided us with in your application documents.

The collection of the data is based on article 88(2) of the GDPR and section 26(1), sentence 1 of the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG).

Transmission of the personal data provided by you

Your personal data will only be transmitted within the Law Firm and there only be made available by the partner in charge of the respective personnel matters to other partners and, where applicable, to someone who may not belong to that group of partners but who would be your superior if you were to obtain the position in question or, in individual cases, to an employee who is involved in staff selection. During the application process, the data will be stored at our offices in Mannheim, Frankfurt or Munich – depending on where you applied. In addition, your data will be stored on the exchange server in the e-mail accounts of the aforementioned partners/employees of the Law Firm who are involved in the application process because we e-mail your documents to them. Your data can be accessed by your potential future superiors, by the partner in charge of personnel matters and, where necessary, by other partners and, in individual cases, by the employee who is engaged in the selection process of the Law Firm.

Furthermore, the people working for the provider of IT services whom we have commissioned and who is responsible for ensuring the functionality of our IT system may access all data in order to guarantee the operational security of our IT systems. The employees of the IT service provider shall, however, only have access as far as such access is actually required to ensure the operational security or our IT systems.

Storage duration for personal data

After your data has been collected, it shall be stored for no longer than six months if you are not employed by us. If you were to be recruited, we shall, in accordance with article 88(2) of the GDPR and section 26 of the BDSG, keep your data in your personnel file for the duration of your employment and for the purpose of executing your employment contract. The personnel file may only be accessed by the employees working in the payroll department as well as the partners of the Law Firm.

Rights of data subjects

Based on the GDPR you are entitled to the following rights: If your personal data is processed, you have the right to be informed of the stored data concerning your person (article 15 of the GDPR).

If inaccurate personal data has been processed, you have the right to rectification (article 16 of the GDPR).

As long as the legal requirements are met, you may request erasure or restriction of processing as well as object to processing altogether (see articles 17, 18 and 21 of the GDPR). If, during the ongoing application process, you request that your data be erased or its processing be restricted or if you were to object to its processing altogether, we can no longer include you in any considerations as to whether you are suited for the position in question.

If you were to make use of your aforementioned rights, the Law Firm will establish whether the statutory requirements to do so have been met.

If you want to exercise your rights, please turn to the data protection officer of the Law Firm using the contact details listed above.

In the event of complaints concerning data protection, you may contact the supervisory authority that is competent in the region where the Law Firm has its headquarters: Landesdatenschutzbeauftragter (Regional Data Protection Officer) Baden-Württemberg, Königstrasse 10 a, 70173 Stuttgart. In addition, please have a look at our general data protection (PDF).